Makati gives free flu shots to frontliners

July 29, 2020

Free pneumonia shots to Makati frontliners.

THE City Government of Makati continued to provide frontliners and essential workers free flu and pneumonia shots to boost their immune system during the coronavirus pandemic.

This was announced by Mayor Abby Binay who disclosed that at present, 5,130 frontliners and essential workers have received flu shots, and will be vaccinated for pneumonia in August.

The mayor said the immunization program covers all 9,706 city hall employees, but she has ordered the Health Department to prioritize city doctors, nurses and health personnel. Also included were city workers engaged in public safety, rescue, social welfare, sanitation and other essential services.

“By immunizing our frontliners and essential work force against these two potentially deadly diseases of the respiratory system, we aim to strengthen their resistance to SARS-CoV-2 that causes COVID-19 infection,” she said.

Aside from the free flu and pneumonia vaccination, the city government has also been providing free vitamins, including Vitamin C and B-complex, to personnel who have been reporting for duty even during the enhanced community quarantine.

The trivalent flu shots that cover three strains of influenza (influenza A or H1N1, influenza A or H3N2, and influenza B) were first administered to frontliners at MHD, Ospital ng Makati, Veterinary Services Department, Department of Environmental Services, Makati Public Safety Department, Makati Action Center, Social Welfare Department, Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, Office of the Mayor, and Finance Department.

The Department of Health earlier recommended the use of flu and pneumonia vaccines to prevent the complications caused by COVID-19.  It also reminded the public not to be complacent since there is no vaccine yet against COVID-19.